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I've been drinking lots of honey in my tea over the last few months, perhaps more than I should. The tea and honey replaced my coffee habit of having several cups of coffee with evaporated milk and sugar during the morning. I changed this in June 2012 and have been doing well with honey in tea. Then when I noticed I was taking more than I should, managed to cut down on tea and am trying to drink more water or teas that don't go well with a sweetner like Peppermint Tea.

I was wondering why I was having more honey than usual, whether it was a form of addiction, then Googled it tonight, and this reply was quite interesting.

Honey has some known anti-aromatase effects. Aromatase is an enzyme that in all of us (men and women alike) has some role to play in the conversion of testosterone to oestrogen. So taking honey might boost testosterone. And testosterone has some known anti-anxiety effects.

There shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't take bucket loads, it is mainly sugar after all.


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I enjoy 'pure'or natural honey in my hot tea as well. Of course, I still drink too much coffee also.
standready on Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:26 am
I highly doubt the quantities you're consuming are anywhere near any thresholds for dangers. Honey's a great sweetener, though; nice taste, good mild sweetness, and a couple extra nutrients you don't get in other sources. It's an overall win.
Ankhanu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:49 pm
Thanks Ankhanu. Agreed. I favour Acacia Honey for some or other reason. Just love the colour and the taste of it. There are some New Zealand brands I like too, like the Manuka range, however they are a bit on the expensive side. I probably should be more adventurous though and try the local honey from the mountains in Oman. May be visiting Oman again next week, and they have some great honey.
deanhills on Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:04 pm
I'm not sure what I prefer, exactly, and don't think I've had Acacia derived honey at all. I have bought a couple bottles of manuka honey, and it is a bit bolder in flavour than most of the other honeys I've had. I've generally been using it as a sweetener for coffee and tea, though on the occasional sandwich too. I don't tend to sweeten coffee and tea, but I will use honey or other more interesting sugars that impart their own flavour, more for the flavour than the sweet.
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:14 pm
I'm a honey man as well, has to be better than refined sugars.
Excuse the sidetrack please Dean but with the worrying decline in honey bees I also wonder how long before we notice pollination issues.
I smiled in the Summer when a developer I was working for completely re-designed some exterior landscaping to protect a hive living in an old stone wall. Nice to see someone actually pay the coin just to protect a little piece of our nature.
watersoul on Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:22 pm
That is pretty nice to hear Smile

Colony Collapse and the like are worrying, but, there's less to worry about than it immediately appears.
Yes, we would see a sharp decline in pollination of high capacity farm cropping, such as in monocropped systems like almonds, alfalfa, etc., etc. that rely on honey bee trucking all around the country to pollinate the hectares upon hectares of plants. However, many of our main crops don't rely upon insects for pollination, and most wild plants rely on non-honey bee pollinators... even some of our crop species that require insect pollination are not effectively pollinated by honey bees (blueberries, for example, are largely pollinated by wild bumble bees). While large scale honey bee population collapse would impact some of our agriculture, and some wild systems to an extent, it's not the sort of doomsday problem the media touted it to be a couple years back (no surprise, given that media are generally not knowledgeable about science, particularly ecosystem function or entomology, and report without understanding what they're saying).
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:46 pm
Your informative reply about our bees is even nicer to hear, cheers Ankh Smile
watersoul on Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:52 pm
I've spoken with a few melittologists Wink
Incidentally a friend and former co-worker of mine is the daughter of the man who's probably Canada's leading expert on bees. I've only spoken with him a couple times though (not saying this adds any weight to my statements, just an anecdote Razz ). He was at my end-of-contract going away party this summer, though, as he happened to be visiting his daughter at the time Smile
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:00 pm
Pretty impressive anecdote, I'm more than happy to run with that Smile
watersoul on Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:02 pm
i love honey i eat it with a chappatis....... Laughing
ujjawall on Mon May 27, 2013 5:01 pm
I'm still having lots of honey myself, but not on bread, usually in chai tea. I recently discovered organic herbal honey from Bulgaria in an organic shop in Dubai. I thought I'd try out something different to my acacia honey, and that was a great success. Wish I'd bought more jars during my last shopping expedition there. The honey is very thick, and much sweeter, and actually works out more economical as it lasts longer.
deanhills on Mon May 27, 2013 7:45 pm

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